Buying an E-Bike: What You Should Know

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Before buying an e-bike, there are several things you should take into consideration. Buying an electric bike can be a big investment. It’s important to know why you’re buying an electric bike and what you should be looking for in the main components of an electric bike.  

Your Electric Bike’s Purpose

Before you buy your first electric bike, ask yourself why you’re buying it. Where are you going to ride your bike? What do you want to use it for? Figuring out the type of bike you want is the first step you should take if you want to buy an electric bike. There are different types of electric bikes geared toward different activities, with different price ranges depending on the bike. There are bikes for mountain biking, trail riding, relaxed cruising, urban commuting, and more. So, ask yourself why you’re buying your bike, and consider where you’ll be riding it.

Cost

Good electric bikes start at $799, but worth the investment if it’s something you’ll use more than a few times. You need to think about the quality of the battery, brakes, bike frame, and other components of the bike. A good quality motor for an electric bike can be expensive. Take all of this into account before buying your bike. Quality e-bikes are an investment, but they are a good investment if you plan on using yours for a long time.

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Battery

The battery is an important part of your electric bike, and you have to take into account the brand you’re buying from. Your battery will degrade and hold less charge over time. Investing in a good quality battery will benefit you in the long run. Quality electric bikes will also have high-quality batteries. They are often lighter, charge more quickly, and will last longer. Electric bikes are powered with lithium-ion batteries, which can last for around 800 charge cycles. You can get at least 2,000 half-charge cycles if you use your battery carefully. It varies from the manufacturer, battery chemistry, and capacity, but your battery will typically take 2 ½ -6 hours to fully charge. Depending on the type of battery you have, and how often you use your electric bike, you can have your battery last for several years.

AMP E-bike gear

When buying your battery, take note of the warranty, and make sure it covers your battery for at least two years. We also suggest checking the price of replacing your battery. Make sure your manufacturer isn’t going to charge you an arm and a leg to replace your battery.

E-Bike Drive

Considering what type of e-bike you have means considering the drive. The most common type of drive is called a “pedelec.” Pedelecs monitors your pedaling and adds a specific amount of motor assistance automatically while you ride. This depends on the rate, force, and speed that you’re going.

The second type of drive is called a “twist-n-go.” In this type of drive, you use a switch to trigger assistance from the motor. Some e-bikes, like the AMP Errand, is equipped with both pedelec style and twist-n-go for maximum usability.  The output of the motor is limited to 250 W (250 watts) in most places, and the maximum speed is limited to 25 km/h. Faster electric bikes do exist, with speeds of up to 45 km/h. However, you’ll need a special license, insurance, and plates for those particular bikes. It’s important to check the e-bike regulations in your region because they can differ greatly depending on your local laws.

Range

The range of your e-bike is another crucial thing to consider when buying your first electric bike. The range of your bike is the distance it can go on one charge of the battery. It depends on many factors. Your weight, the speed, the assistance level you choose, the battery capacity, and the percentage of given pedaling power are all things you have to consider when figuring out the best range for your bike. You should buy an e-bike with a higher range than needed because the range will drop as the battery ages.